Drawing, Roofline Concept, 1956
This is a Drawing. It was designed by Pete Wozena and from the office of General Motors. It is dated 1956 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is color pencil, brush and gouache on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
This roofline concept drawing by Pete Wozena demonstrates one of the designer’s many experiments with this distinguishing feature of an automobile’s silhouette. Abundant windows, particularly at the rear windshield, would have allowed for panoramic views, and the gentle downward slope of the fastback design creates a sporty feel. Wozena echoes the roofline form in the sloping design of the detailing on the side of the automobile’s body, producing a cohesive look. Wozena went on to design the popular roofline of 1964–72 Vista-Cruiser Buick and Oldsmobile station wagons.
This object was
Leo Brereton and
Hampton Wayt and
purchased with funds from:
Paul Herzan and
General Acquisitions Endowment and
It is credited
Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.
Its dimensions are
35.6 × 43.2 cm (14 × 17 in.)
It is signed
Signed in black color pencil, lower right: WOZENA / 11 - 1956
Cite this object as
Drawing, Roofline Concept, 1956; Designed by Pete Wozena (American, 1918 - 2006); color pencil, brush and gouache on paper; 35.6 × 43.2 cm (14 × 17 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Paul Herzan and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2017-18-7